# ICTM Electronic News

## Volume 3 Issue 2 – February 2021

The new cycle for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) has begun for 2020-2021! Do you have an OUTSTANDING Mathematics Teacher at your school? Nominate them for the PAEMST Award. This is the highest teaching award for any Mathematics Teacher in the United States.

## PI DAY IS COMING!

Did you know that the record for discovering the most number of digits of pi belongs to Fabrice Ballard? He calculated 2,700,000,000,000 decimal places on just a desktop computer. That’s 2.7 trillion digits!

(Pi Day is on Sunday in 2021, and Albert Einstein's birthday was on Pi Day in 1879!)

For a variety of activities at all grade levels, go to NCTM Pi Day.

## DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Productive Math Struggle

The Activity of the Month for both elementary and secondary students is the “Painted Cube” problem. We continue offering 10 opportunities for your productive struggle journey.

## A PATHWAY TO EQUITABLE MATH INSTRUCTION

Review the resources to support Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students to thrive in grades 6-8 that are included on this website. The series includes five strides:

• Dismantling Racism in Math Instruction
• Fostering Deep Understanding
• Creating Conditions to Thrive
• Connecting Critical Intersections
• Sustaining Equitable Practice.

## NATIONAL MATH FESTIVAL

The National Math Festival (NMF) is now online and includes many activities and events for students. Sign up for the NMF Weekly for kids and teens (playful weekly math puzzles, kid approved-scroll to bottom) and the NMF Newsletter (includes online events for children and adults of all ages), join their Facebook Group, or look up the math resources displayed by ages, that include puzzles, games, books, videos, and other mathy treats. Bring your students to the NMF!

## THE 2021 YEAR GAME FROM NCTM

The rules: use the digits in the year 2021 and the operations +, -, x, ÷, ^ (exponent), √ (square root), and ! (factorial), along with grouping symbols, to write expressions for the counting numbers 1 through 100.

Try to use the digits in order like these:

1 = 2+0–2+1; 9 = 2!+0!+(2+1)!;

20 = 20^(2-1); 24 = (2+0+2)!^1

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Indiana educators know what Indiana educators need, and we will compensate you for your time and talent. Through our partnership with UIndy, and supported by funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Grant), all content is available to educators, leaders, and families for free. Now is the time to remove any and all barriers to high-quality professional learning, and we believe your experience and expertise is the answer.

## NCSM ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Sep. 20-22, Atlanta GA

Aspire. Activate. Act. Amplify Bold Mathematics Leadership

The five strands to be featured at this exciting and educational NCSM Annual Conference are:

• Aspire to Bold Mathematics Leadership
• Activate Leadership for Access and Equity
• Activate and Empower others through Mathematics Coaching

## NCTM MEETINGS & CONFERENCES

Annual Meeting

Sep. 22-25, Atlanta GA

The 2021 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition features the theme Empowering the Voice of Teachers: From Critical Conversations to Intentional Actions.

Regional Conferences

Oct. 27-29, 2021, Phoenix AZ

Feb. 2-4, 2022, New Orleans LA

Mar. 16-18, 2022, Indianapolis IN (Hosted by ICTM!)

Deadline for regional conference proposals: Mar. 1

2021 State Mathematics Exam – CANCELLED

With much regret, the 2021 ICTM State Math Contest scheduled for April 17, 2021 is cancelled. As the Covid-19 vaccine is more widely administered in the coming months, please look for the contest to run again in April 2022.

2020-2021 ICTM Board

President: Michael Roach

Past President: Jean Lee

Secretary: Christine Taylor

Treasurer: Jennifer Jensen

Gina Yoder, Leigh Britt, Angela Miller, Doris Mohr, Diane Rodriguez, Scott Staley, Kyle Kline, Carla Milliman, Wendy Wells, Madison Schaffer, Bryan Passwater, Julie Evans, Don Balka, Bonnie Beach, Sheridan Rayl, Kara Benson, Ben Dillon, Ryan Flessner, Enrique Galindo, Jas’Minique Potter, Evan Rebar, Weverton Ataide Pinheiro, Jackie Fischvogt, Emily Bruning